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10 Just-About-Free Things to Do With Your Tot This Fall

Sep 17 2012 - 6:47am

Turn a long weekend or a slow afternoon into tons of fun with a just-about-free adventure. With only a bit of research, you can find cool stuff to do any time of year, regardless of where you live — without breaking the bank! Along with being entertaining, these 10 just-about-free activities are perfect for the whole family, making them wonderful for bonding or enjoying after a busy week.

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Story Time at the Library

Head to your local library for a relaxing and educational story time with your tot. Along with regular story times, libraries often have other organized events such as craft activities and visiting authors. Best of all, story time at your local library is completely free.

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Feed the Ducks

All you need for this fun adventure are slices of stale bread and a spot where there are lots of birds. And throwing small bits and pieces of bread is also great for honing gross motor skills [3]! Make the moment last by only offering your tot one slice for tossing at a time.

Source: Flickr user j_lozinski [4]

Free Gallery Day

Most museums offer a free day, making it the perfect day for exploring the galleries without the ticket price. Check this site [5] for help finding local museums in your area and the days they are offering free admission. If you are planning on heading to a museum on a free admission day, arrive early to beat the crowds.

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Host a Lemonade Stand

No matter the season, hosting a lemonade or bake stand is a wonderful way to spend the day or afternoon with your kids. Bake the goodies at home and then find the perfect spot to attract your friends and neighbors. The only cost is the purchase of the ingredients, which your tot might make back in sales — a perfect opportunity for introducing math concepts to them.

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Pitch a Tent

Dust off the tent and turn your backyard into a camping adventure. Load up the blankets and pillows for an afternoon of outdoor fun. And if everyone's having a really great time, spend the night under the stars for a really memorable (and free) time.

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Free National Park Days

It's not just museums that offer free admission days — national parks also have several days throughout the year that allow families in for free. The National Park Service [9] will fill you in on the days that all national parks are free of admission. Expect a crowd on these special days, so pack some extra patience and lots of snacks.

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Paint Rocks

All that you need for this just-about-free activity are rocks, paintbrushes, and a variety of acrylic paints. Cover your lil one in a smock and get busy painting rocks with vibrant colors and designs. Or create a few adorable bugs to adorn your entryway!

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Visit the Putting Green

Head to your local golf course and pick up a bucket of balls for playing on the practice putting green. A few balls only cost a couple of dollars, and if you don't have a putter for your tot, the pro shop usually has a few for rent.

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Go For a Ride

If your lil one isn't used to taking the bus, jumping aboard for a short ride to a fun destination is an exciting and cheap adventure. Check routes, times, and fees and set off on a bus trip with your tot that he'll be talking about for weeks.

Source: Flickr user ell brown [13]

Check Out a Local Football Game

Head to your hometown high school and catch a football game. Most schools only charge a few dollars for admission and have a small snack shack on the field, making rooting for the home team a cheap afternoon activity! Even if your tot isn't interested in the game, she'll have tons of fun cheering and watching the players!

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